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Fritz Kreisler - Original Compositions & Arrangements


Release Date: 09/13/2005 
Label:  Emi Great Recordings Of The Century Catalog #: 76841   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Fritz KreislerSergei RachmaninovJohann Sebastian BachTraditional,   ... 
Performer:  Franz RuppFritz KreislerMichael RaucheisenThomas Petre,   ... 
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Kreisler String Quartet
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Mono 
Length: 1 Hours 19 Mins. 

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This CD is reissued by ArkivMusic.

Notes and Editorial Reviews

A little over a year ago I reviewed a similar compilation of Kreisler miniatures on a Naxos disc. No less than 15 titles from that CD are also on this EMI disc, including practically all the well-known ones. It is up to the readers to judge whether it is necessary to invest in the present disc for the nine extras. Of course it is good to have a couple of those compositions “in the style of …”, one of which is for string quartet. However, generally speaking, the non-specialist collector should be satisfied with one or the other. The EMI is reproduced from the original matrixes, which of course were not available for Naxos who instead had to work with finished pressings in mint condition. For Naxos, Ward Marston achieved a sound fully Read more comparable to that delivered by EMI. A random selection of A/B comparisons revealed a certain rumble on the Naxos disc but not enough to be disturbing.

The quality of the 1938 recordings, made at Abbey Road, was always very good and the 1936 Berlin recordings are not far behind. The ones from 1930 are inevitably more dated but still very listenable.

One marvels afresh at Kreisler’s playing: the sweet tone, the light, almost casual phrasing and the perfect double-stops. He executes the tricky fast passages with superior exactness and his rubatos seem part and parcel of the compositions. My intention was to play Caprice viennois (tr. 1) just to refresh my memory and check the sound quality, and then concentrate on the titles that were not on the Naxos disc, but I was immediately hooked and played the whole disc through at one sitting.

Of the “new” titles the two Couperin pastiches are not performed as sticklers for authenticity would expect, but they are elegantly done and with that inimitable sweetness of tone and a charming rhythmic lilt in the pavane (tr. 10). An oddity is the scherzo “in the style of Dittersdorf”, played by the Kreisler String Quartet, an ad hoc group assembled to record Kreisler’s String Quartet. One of the members was William Primrose, who remembered the sessions. It turned out that there was going to be a blank 78 side and producer Fred Gaisberg suggested that Kreisler write a filler, or arrange one of his pieces for quartet, which he did at once in his hotel room with Primrose waiting. He then rushed the score to the copyist and the next day it was recorded. It is a fine piece that should be heard more often. I would also like EMI to reissue Kreisler’s full quartet, which I have never heard, apart from the scherzo movement, which the Delmé Quartet included in a disc with encores.

Of the other pieces Glazunov’s Sérénade espagnole is a charmer and Weber’s Larghetto is warmly romantic. The sweet melody could almost be a Kreisler original. Heuberger’s Im Chambre séparée, for some reason entitled Midnight Bells is best remembered in recordings by the two Elisabeths – Schumann and Schwarzkopf – but Kreisler caresses the tune just as seductively and adds something neither of the sopranos could do: double-stops!

Every lover of violin playing should have these recordings in one version or the other and if quantity is a deciding factor the EMI is the better bet since it offers 78½ minutes playing time while the Naxos gives only 67.

-- Göran Forsling, MusicWeb International
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Works on This Recording

1.
Caprice viennois, Op. 2 by Fritz Kreisler
Performer:  Franz Rupp (Piano), Fritz Kreisler (Violin)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Austria 
Date of Recording: 09/28/1936 
Venue:  Berlin 
Length: 3 Minutes 45 Secs. 
2.
Tambourin chinois, Op. 3 by Fritz Kreisler
Performer:  Franz Rupp (Piano), Fritz Kreisler (Violin)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Austria 
Date of Recording: 09/28/1936 
Venue:  Berlin 
Length: 3 Minutes 27 Secs. 
3.
Schön Rosmarin by Fritz Kreisler
Performer:  Fritz Kreisler (Violin), Franz Rupp (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Austria 
Date of Recording: 02/15/1938 
Venue:  Studio no 3, Abbey Road, London 
Length: 1 Minutes 58 Secs. 
4.
La Gitana by Fritz Kreisler
Performer:  Fritz Kreisler (Violin), Franz Rupp (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Austria 
Date of Recording: 02/15/1938 
Venue:  Studio no 3, Abbey Road, London 
Length: 3 Minutes 9 Secs. 
5.
Liebesleid by Fritz Kreisler
Performer:  Fritz Kreisler (Violin), Franz Rupp (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Austria 
Date of Recording: 02/15/1938 
Venue:  Studio no 3, Abbey Road, London 
Length: 3 Minutes 36 Secs. 
6.
Transcription of Kreisler's "Liebesfreud" for piano by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Fritz Kreisler (Violin), Franz Rupp (Piano)
Period: Post-Romantic 
Written: 1921; Austria 
Date of Recording: 02/15/1938 
Venue:  Studio no 3, Abbey Road, London 
Length: 3 Minutes 14 Secs. 
7.
Polchinelle by Fritz Kreisler
Performer:  Fritz Kreisler (Violin), Michael Raucheisen (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Austria 
Date of Recording: 02/14/1930 
Venue:  Beethovensaal, Berlin 
Length: 2 Minutes 20 Secs. 
8.
Rondino on a theme by Beethoven by Fritz Kreisler
Performer:  Fritz Kreisler (Violin), Franz Rupp (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Austria 
Date of Recording: 02/14/1938 
Venue:  Studio no 3, Abbey Road, London 
Length: 2 Minutes 27 Secs. 
9.
La Précieuse in the style of Couperin by Fritz Kreisler
Performer:  Fritz Kreisler (Violin), Michael Raucheisen (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Austria 
Date of Recording: 02/14/1930 
Venue:  Beethovensaal, Berlin 
Length: 3 Minutes 22 Secs. 
10.
Chanson Louis XIII in the style of Couperin by Fritz Kreisler
Performer:  Fritz Kreisler (Violin), Michael Raucheisen (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Austria 
Date of Recording: 02/14/1930 
Venue:  Beethovensaal, Berlin 
Length: 3 Minutes 38 Secs. 
11.
Scherzo in the style of Dittersdorf by Fritz Kreisler
Performer:  Thomas Petre (Violin), William Primrose (Viola), Lauri Kennedy (Cello),
Fritz Kreisler (Violin)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Kreisler String Quartet
Period: Romantic 
Written: Austria 
Date of Recording: 04/07/1935 
Venue:  Studio no 3, Abbey Road, London 
Length: 3 Minutes 22 Secs. 
Notes: Version: 1935 
12.
Partita for Violin solo no 3 in E major, BWV 1006: 3rd movement, Gavotte en rondeau by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Fritz Kreisler (Violin), Franz Rupp (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1720; Cöthen, Germany 
Date of Recording: 02/14/1938 
Venue:  Studio no 3, Abbey Road, London 
Length: 3 Minutes 16 Secs. 
Notes: Arranger: Fritz Kreisler. 
13.
Danny Boy "Londonderry Air" by Traditional
Performer:  Fritz Kreisler (Violin), Franz Rupp (Piano)
Written: Ireland 
Date of Recording: 02/15/1938 
Venue:  Studio no 3, Abbey Road, London 
Length: 3 Minutes 39 Secs. 
Notes: Arranger: Fritz Kreisler. 
14.
Rosamunde, D 797/Op. 26: no 11, Ballet music no 2 in G major by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Fritz Kreisler (Violin), Michael Raucheisen (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1823; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 02/14/1930 
Venue:  Beethovensaal, Berlin 
Length: 3 Minutes 0 Secs. 
Notes: Arranger: Fritz Kreisler. 
15.
Old refrain by Johann Evangelist Brandl
Performer:  Fritz Kreisler (Violin), Michael Raucheisen (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: Austria 
Date of Recording: 02/13/1930 
Venue:  Beethovensaal, Berlin 
Length: 3 Minutes 12 Secs. 
Notes: Arranger: Fritz Kreisler. 
16.
Marionettes (7): no 2, Poupée valsante by Eduard Poldini
Performer:  Fritz Kreisler (Violin), Franz Rupp (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Hungary 
Date of Recording: 02/15/1938 
Venue:  Studio no 3, Abbey Road, London 
Length: 2 Minutes 24 Secs. 
Notes: Arranger: Fritz Kreisler. 
17.
Quartet for Strings no 1 in D major, Op. 11: 2nd movement, Andante cantabile by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performer:  Franz Rupp (Piano), Fritz Kreisler (Violin)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Russia 
Date of Recording: 02/14/1938 
Venue:  Studio no 3, Abbey Road, London 
Length: 4 Minutes 31 Secs. 
Notes: Arranger: Fritz Kreisler.
Composition written: Russia (1871).
Composition revised: Russia (1888). 
18.
Humoresques (8) for Piano, Op. 101/B 187: no 7 in G flat major by Antonín Dvorák
Performer:  Franz Rupp (Piano), Fritz Kreisler (Violin)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1894; Bohemia 
Date of Recording: 02/14/1938 
Venue:  Studio no 3, Abbey Road, London 
Length: 3 Minutes 40 Secs. 
Notes: Arranger: Fritz Kreisler. 
19.
Pieces (2) for Cello and Orchestra, Op. 20: no 2, Sérénade espagnole by Alexander Glazunov
Performer:  Michael Raucheisen (Piano), Fritz Kreisler (Violin)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1887-1888; Russia 
Date of Recording: 02/13/1930 
Venue:  Beethovensaal, Berlin 
Length: 2 Minutes 39 Secs. 
Notes: Arranger: Fritz Kreisler. 
20.
Midnight Bells [after Heuberger] by Fritz Kreisler
Performer:  Fritz Kreisler (Violin), Michael Raucheisen (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Austria 
Date of Recording: 02/14/1930 
Venue:  Beethovensaal, Berlin 
Length: 3 Minutes 13 Secs. 
21.
Sadko: no 4, Song of the Indian Guest by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
Performer:  Franz Rupp (Piano), Fritz Kreisler (Violin)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1894-1896; Russia 
Date of Recording: 02/14/1938 
Venue:  Studio no 3, Abbey Road, London 
Length: 3 Minutes 15 Secs. 
Notes: Arranger: Fritz Kreisler. 
22.
Pieces (2) for Piano, Op. 47: no 1, Lotus land by Cyril Scott
Performer:  Fritz Kreisler (Violin), Franz Rupp (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1905; England 
Date of Recording: 02/14/1938 
Venue:  Studio no 3, Abbey Road, London 
Length: 4 Minutes 7 Secs. 
Notes: Arranger: Fritz Kreisler. 
23.
La vida breve: Spanish Dance no 1 by Manuel de Falla
Performer:  Franz Rupp (Piano), Fritz Kreisler (Violin)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1904-1905; Spain 
Date of Recording: 02/15/1938 
Venue:  Studio no 3, Abbey Road, London 
Length: 3 Minutes 32 Secs. 
Notes: Arranger: Fritz Kreisler. 
24.
Sonates progressives (6) for Violin and Piano: no 1 in F major, J 99/Op. 10 no 1 - Larghetto by Carl Maria von Weber
Performer:  Fritz Kreisler (Violin), Michael Raucheisen (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1810; Germany 
Date of Recording: 02/14/1930 
Venue:  Beethovensaal, Berlin 
Length: 2 Minutes 43 Secs. 
Notes: Arranger: Fritz Kreisler. 

Sound Samples

Caprice viennois Op. 2 (2005 Digital Remaster)
Tambourin chinois Op. 3 (2005 Digital Remaster)
Schön Rosmarin (2005 Digital Remaster)
La Gitana (2005 Digital Remaster)
Liebesleid (2005 Digital Remaster)
Liebesfreud (2005 Digital Remaster)
Polichinelle (Serenade) (2005 Digital Remaster)
Rondino on a theme by Beethoven (2005 Digital Remaster)
La Précieuse (in the style of Couperin) (2005 Digital Remaster)
Chanson Louis XIII and Pavane (in the style of Couperin) (2005 Digital Remaster)
Scherzo alla Dittersdorf (2005 Digital Remaster)
Partita No. 3 in E BWV 1006 (2005 Digital Remaster): Gavotte
The Londonderry Air (arr. Kreisler) (2005 Digital Remaster)
Rosamunde, Fürstin von Zypern D797 (2005 Digital Remaster): Ballet in G
Der liebe Augustin (arr. Kreisler) (2005 Digital Remaster): Du alter Stephansturm (The Old Refrain)
Poupée valsante (2005 Digital Remaster)
String Quartet No. 1 in D Op. 11 (arr. Kreisler) (2005 Digital Remaster): Andante cantabile
Humoresque Op. 101 No. 7 (arr. Kreisler) (2005 Digital Remaster)
Serenade espagnole Op. 20 No. 2 (2005 Digital Remaster)
Violin Sonata No. 1 in F Op. 10 (2005 Digital Remaster): Larghetto
Der Opernball (2005 Digital Remaster): Midnight Bells (Im Chambre séparée)
Sadko (2005 Digital Remaster): Chanson hindoue
Lotus Land Op. 47 No. 1 (2005 Digital Remaster)
La Vida breve (2005 Digital Remaster): Danse espagnole No.1

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